Earlier in the week DxO Labs, the software company behind DxO Optics Pro Raw workflow utility and latterly the DxOMark database of camera sensor performance measurements, has added lens testing to assess image-quality of specific lens-camera combinations. The listings aren't at this time exhaustive, being mainly Nikon and Canon models to start, but that will surely change over time.
DxOMark 2010 introduces comprehensive lens measurements and score system to assess optics and cameras image quality
DxOMark’s unique RAW-based measurements now available for each specific lens-camera combination
June 22, 2010 – DxO Labs today unveiled DxOMark 2010, the new version of its successful dxomark.com website, adding objective RAW-based lens performance measurements to its existing database of camera sensor measurements. DxOMark 2010 also proposes fifteen different DxOMark Scores to assess the various aspects of image quality and to help rank and compare lenses and cameras.
Freely accessible, DxOMark is designed to serve the entire imaging community, particularly serious and demanding photographers along with photography experts and journalists.
About the new DxOMark 2010 Measurement Database
Initially covering about 540 cameras-lens combinations, with dozens to follow each month, DxOMark measurement database is the ultimate source of objective, independent metrics on camera image quality. In order to guarantee the accuracy and consistency of its database, DxO Labs, an industry leader in Image Quality Evaluation, performs all measurements in its own labs, never relying on any manufacturer data. DxO Labs uses state-of-the-art equipment and open measurement protocols compliant with international and industry standards.
DxOMark measurements are performed on RAW images and are specific to each lens-camera combination. “We found that the same lens can produce big differences in image quality performance when coupled with different camera bodies, which is why DxO Labs has taken the time and trouble to evaluate lens-camera combinations instead of testing lenses and bodies on their own,” said Nicolas Touchard, Vice President of Marketing, DxO Labs Image Quality Evaluation.
About the new DxOMark 2010 Scores
To complement the lens and camera sensor Measurement Database, DxOMark also proposes fifteen Scores to help users to quickly assess and compare the intrinsic RAW performance of lenses and cameras. These Scores are based either on photographic Use Cases such as Travel, Portrait, Landscape, etc., or key optical metrics such as resolution, distortion, etc., allowing fair and objective comparisons of photographic equipment within the context of specific needs.
Sponsored by DxO Labs, DxOMark is the reliable, objective, manufacturer-independent source of information about camera and lens image quality that demanding photographers can trust.
There are many valuable resources available through traditional and web media to help assess the image quality of digital cameras, but only DxOMark consistently uses RAW data. DxOMark thus makes it possible for photographers who shoot in RAW to assess the intrinsic quality of their lenses and cameras before the impact of any RAW conversion.
DxOMark measurements rely on DxO Analyzer, the world’s leading turn-key laboratory solution for image quality evaluation. Thanks to its accuracy, completeness, and reliability, DxO Analyzer has become the reference tool for numerous leading imaging industry players, photography magazines, and websites